2016 Chevrolet Volt Teased Ahead of 2015 Detroit Auto Show | Edmunds

2016 Chevrolet Volt Teased Ahead of 2015 Detroit Auto Show


Just the Facts:
  • A camouflaged version of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car is being teased by General Motors ahead of a January unveiling at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The image shows the left side of the front half of the Volt.
  • Volt 2.0 is expected to have improved range.

DETROIT A camouflaged version of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car is being teased by General Motors ahead of a January unveiling at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The image shows the left side of the front half of the Volt.

"If it were up to me it would be a shoebox driving down the road," said Lionel Perkins, GM camouflage engineer, in a statement. "The design team wants us to cover more of the vehicle and the engineering team needs to have enough of the vehicle's weight and aero exposed so that the tests in the development process are consistent with the product that will come to market."

GM said 2016 Volt testing is going on in public, largely on Michigan roads.

"Every vehicle is different and tricks are constantly updated to keep spy photographers and the curious guessing," GM said.

Swirl patterns and bubble wrap help to disguise the next Volt.

Volt 2.0 is expected to have improved range. The 2015 Volt can travel 38 miles on a battery charge, according to the EPA. It is anticipated that the upcoming Volt will be able to travel at least 40 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in.

The 2016 Volt is expected to arrive at dealerships sometime next year. Pricing has not been announced, but there is widespread speculation that GM may reduce the Volt's starting price.

The 2015 Volt starts at $35,170, including an $825 destination charge.

Competitors to the Volt include the Ford C-Max Energi, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers with a discerning eye may be able to get some clues about the shape of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Others will have to wait a few months until the wraps come off the car.

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